Meeting report

8th International School on Crystallography and X-ray Diffraction

Havana, Cuba, November 21–25, 2011

[Cuba participants]

Synchrotron light facilities all over the world continue to provide access to a growing number of researchers from different scientific fields. The 8th International School on Crystallography and X–ray Diffraction held in Havana Cuba in November 2011 was designed to increase the number of scientists in our region that can make use of available synchrotron facilities in their research and to promote postgraduate studies in the field. The school addressed the subjects of 'Principles and Application of Synchrotron Light Sources' and 'Basic Principles of Crystallography'. It brought together 25 students from Ecuador, Venezuela, Vietnam and several Cuban scientific institutions. The invited speakers were: P. Paufler (Inst. f. Strukturphysik, Technische U., Dresden, Germany), Juan Rodriguez-Carvajal (Inst. Laue-Langevin, Grenoble, France), Ernesto Estevez Rams (IMRE – U. of Havana, Cuba), Jasper Plaisier (ELETTRA Synchrotron, Trieste Italy), Eduardo Granado (LNLS, Campinas, Brazil) and Gema Martinez-Criado (ESRF, Grenoble, France).

This school was sponsored by the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr), the Latin American Center of Physics (CLAF), IMRE and the Physics Faculty of Havana U., and received support from Colegio U. San Gerónimo, Habana Vieja, Cuba.

Arbelio Penton Madrigal